PA 13-21—sSB 1118

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING QUALIFICATIONS OF ELECTION MODERATORS

SUMMARY: This act prohibits the secretary of the state from certifying as an election moderator or alternate moderator an individual who has been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any (1) felony involving fraud, forgery, larceny, embezzlement, or bribery or (2) state election law criminal offense (felony or misdemeanor).

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Moderator Eligibility

By law, moderators are the chief public officials at polling places and are responsible for presiding over them in accordance with election law. To be eligible for moderator certification, individuals must (1) be state electors and (2) successfully complete an instructional session and secretary of the state-administered examination.

The secretary of the state may disqualify a moderator if, after consulting with the registrars of voters, she determines the moderator has committed material (1) misconduct, (2) neglect of duty, or (3) incompetence in the discharge of duties (CGS 9-228a).

Related Act

PA 13-180 generally prohibits individuals from becoming campaign treasurers or deputy campaign treasurers for similar offenses.

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